Thomas Percival Olley,USAF (Ret) SMSGT died on February 24, 2014, at the age of 88. The son of John and Mary Olley, born in Teaneck and raised in Hillsdale, NJ. He was married to Thelma Ruth Olley for 66 years. Together they raised six children. He retired after serving 28 years in both the Navy and the Air Force which included tours of duty throughout the US and in Iceland, The Azores, and Guam. After retiring from the military and settling in Marietta, Ga he worked for both The Holiday Inn and Cobb Wellstar Hospital. Tom enjoyed roaming with his metal detector, finding artifacts from the civil war, wood working and collecting antiques. He was also the self-appointed curator of family memorabilia. (There is a little inside family joke there.) However, his truest enjoyment in life was seeing his entire family joined together for holidays. He never missed the chance to tell them how proud a father he was. Tom is survived by his wife of 66 years, Thelma Ruth Lidford Olley, his children, Patricia Olley Watts, Marilyn Olley Ashmore, Diane Olley, Teresa Olley Bateman, Tommy Olley, and Donna Olley Dyer. He had seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and was blessed with several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by one older brother, Raymond Olley. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Georgia Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery will full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Museum of Aviation Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 2469, Warner Robbins, GA 31099.
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